Columbia College Chicago

Summer Programs

Summertime is the right time to enroll at Sherwood! In addition to our usual assortment of class offerings, we also offer several great summer programs for kids and teens that are not to be missed.

Summer Arts Garden

Ages 4 - 6

Session 1: June 30 - July 25, 2014
Session 2: July 28 - August 22, 2014
9:00 - 11:30 am

Introduce your child to the arts this summer! The Summer Arts Garden is a creative half-day experience for 4-6 year olds that meets five days a week on the Columbia College campus. In a safe and nurturing environment, your child will make new friends while exploring her/his creative side, making music, dancing, and so much more. Children will participate in two fun and engaging classes taught by our experienced teaching artists, and each day culminates into a special gathering for group activities. At the end of the session, parents and caregivers are invited to a show-and-share that celebrates the children's creative discoveries. 

Tuition and Registration
* Tuition is $800 per 4-week session. A $50 discount is applied if the student is enrolled for both sessions.
* An non-refundable deposit of $400 is required to reserve a spot in the camp.

For questions about this program, please contact Kristen Regester at kregester@colum.edu.

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Suzuki Summer String Camp

Ages 4 - 12

June 16 - 20, 2014
9:00 am - 3:30 pm

The Suzuki Summer String Camp, now in its fifth year, is proud to offer fun and innovative classes that will keep your child motivated and engaged in summer study. Our course offerings are built around the Suzuki method, and will offer your child the opportunity to broaden and deepen their musical knowledge. Students must have at least 6 months of previous study on their instrument. 

Classes will include:

  • Semi-private lesson: Students will be grouped by age and level into a small group of 3 - 4 participants. Each student will get a mini-lesson with our experienced instructors, and have the opportunity to work on their solo repertoire. This is a great opportunity for students to learn from one another. Some students may be selected to perform a solo at our end-of-camp recital.
  • Large group lesson: Students will be grouped together by repertoire and work on pre-determined Suzuki pieces to perform at our end-of-camp recital.
  • Eurythmics: A fun and active class that teaches an understanding of music's fundamental concepts, expressive meanings, and deep connections to other arts and activities. Students benefit from this approach which incorporates rhythmic movement, aural training and improvisation.
  • Orchestra: Intermediate level students will improve sight reading and ensemble skills in this fun group setting.
  • Violin fiddlers: Intermediate violin students will broaden their musical horizons and experiment with music from other genres.
  • Chamber Music: Beginner and Intermediate students will benefit from this more intimate music making experience and improve their note reading and ensemble skills.
  • Note reading: Beginner students will have an opportunity to sharpen their sight reading and musicianship skills.

*Class availability will depend on camp enrollment. Semi-private, Large group & Eurythmics classes will run regardless of enrollment.

String Camp Faculty
Christie-Keiko Abe, violin
Martine Benmann, cello
Marija Bubanj, violin & viola
Emilia Blaszak, violin
Tamara Gonzalez, violin
Heather Williamson, violin
Eric Pidluski, violin

Tuition and Registration
*Tuition is $500 for the week.
*A $250 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve a spot in the camp.

For more questions about the Summer String Camp, please contact Tamara Gonzalez at tgonzalez@colum.edu.

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Summer Chamber Music Workshop

Ages 11-18

July 21 - August 1, 2014
1:00pm - 5:00pm

For over fifteen years, the Summer Chamber Music Workshop has been motivating talented young musicians who share a love for chamber music and ensemble performance! This fun and engaging workshop is open to students who play piano, violin, viola, cello, flute, oboe, and clarinet. Students will spend two weeks learning and performing a wide range of chamber music repertoire under the expert guidance of Sherwood Community Music School faculty and guest faculty, as well as attend valuable master classes and workshops. The focus is on enhancing ensemble playing skills and exposure to a rich variety of chamber music in a collaborative learning environment.  A final performance will be held on Saturday, August 2, 2014.

Workshop will include: 
* Coaching sessions with faculty 
* Chamber music literature and music theory class 
* Masterclasses with faculty 
* Attendance at Grant Park Music Festival concerts in Millennium Park 

Chamber Music Workshop Faculty
(2014 faculty will be announced soon)

Tuition & Registration
* Tuition is $550 for the two week workshop. Register through our secure Online Registration Center, call us at 312-369-3100, or visit us in person during regular business hours.
* A 50% deposit is due by May 7, 2014. The remaining balance will be automatically charged to your credit card on June 2, 2014.
* Final drop date is May 31. Withdrawal requests made on or before May 31 will recieve a full refund minus a $25.00 withdrawal fee. Withdrawal requests made after May 31 will not recieve any refund.
* An audition is required for placement. If a student is not accepted into the program after the audition, a full refund of all tuition and fees will be provided.

Important Dates:
May 7: Registration deadline
May 15: Auditions completed
May 31: Final drop date
June 2: Final tuition payment due 
June 7: Music mailed to participants
July 21: First day of camp

* Flutists, please take note: The Flute Institute and the Chamber Workshop are running for the same two weeks this year. Flute Institute in the morning, Chamber Workshop in the afternoon. There will be a 30 minute lunch break provided in between the two programs for those enrolled in both camps.

For more questions about the Summer Chamber Music Workshop, please contact the Chamber Music Workshop Program Manager, Gerry Rizzer, at grizzer@colum.edu

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Summer Flute Institute

Ages 6 - 18

July 21-August 1, 2014
9:00am - 12:30pm

This exciting two-week program for flutists ages 6-18 is designed for those looking to take their playing to the next level this summer! Students will participate in ensembles and workshops that cover performance and audition skills, as well as basic technical skills. Audition required for placement, and students must have at least 2 years of training.

Program will include:
- Audition preparation for IMEA and college admission
- Classes on sight reading skills
- Orchestral repertoire for the advanced student
- 3 levels of technique classes including: basic scales, arpeggios, ornaments, 3rd octave studies, articulation techniques- A session in tone, intonation and transposition
- Ensembles: trios and quarters
- Performance anxiety workshop

Faculty
Susan Levitin
Lisa Goethe-McGinn
Allison Brady

Tuition & Registration
* Tuition is $550 for the two week Institute. Register through our secure Online Registration Center, call us at 312-369-3100, or visit us in person during regular business hours.
* A 50% deposit is due by May 7, 2014. The remaining balance will be automatically charged to your credit card on June 2, 2014.
* Final drop date is May 31. Withdrawal requests made on or before May 31 will recieve a full refund minus a $25.00 withdrawal fee. Withdrawal requests made after May 31 will not recieve any refund.
* An audition is required for placement. If a student is not accepted into the program after the audition, a full refund of all tuition and fees will be provided.

Important Dates:
May 7: Registration deadline
May 15: Auditions completed
May 31: Final drop date
June 2: Final tuition payment due 
July 21: First day of camp

* Flutists, please take note: The Flute Institute and the Chamber Workshop are running for the same two weeks this year. Flute Institute in the morning, Chamber Workshop in the afternoon. There will be a 30 minute lunch break provided in between the two programs for those enrolled in both camps.

For more questions about the Summer Flute Institute, please contact the Program Manager, Susan Levitin, at (773) 643-8216 or atsdlevitin@gmail.com

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